18/03/2021 – How to Prevent Exhaustion of PVRs on Plants and Harvested Material?

18/03/2021 – How to Prevent Exhaustion of PVRs on Plants and Harvested Material?

The ciopora academy 2021

Webinar Series 1, Webinar 1:

How to prevent exhaustion of PVRs on plants and harvested material?


Date & Sessions

Average session duration: ca. 75 min

Recommended for participants from the US, Europe and Middle East:

9 am US Pacific
11 am US Central
12 pm US Eastern
4 pm London
5 pm CET/Europe

Check the FULL LIST OF TIME ZONES for Session 1.

Recommended for participants from the US, Australia and New Zealand.

2 pm US Pacific
4 pm US Central
5 pm US Eastern
9 pm London
10 pm CET/Europe
March 19:
8 am Sydney, AUS
10 am Wellington, NZ

Check the FULL LIST OF TIME ZONES for Session 2.

What will I learn?

Exhaustion of breeder’s IP rights, including Community Plant Variety Rights and U.S. Plant Patents, may seriously harm the legitimate interests of right holders and their licensees. Exhaustion may also affect the legal protection of harvested material.

This webinar will include a discussion on when exhaustion applies from both a European and U.S. rights perspective (including an examination of the impact of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Lexmark decision), possible ways to prevent exhaustion, and the impact of exhaustion on the cascade protection of harvested material (among others – under the Nadorcott judgment from the European Court of Justice).


Travis Bliss, Ph.D.

Travis Bliss, Ph.D.

Travis Bliss
Partner at Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel LLP

Travis Bliss counsels a variety of clients ranging from individual inventors to small businesses to Fortune 500 companies in nearly all aspects of Intellectual Property law. Travis prepares and prosecutes patent applications; litigates patent, Trademark, and other IP disputes in federal and state courts; represents clients before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Patent Trial and Appeal Board; counsels clients in a variety of IP issues, including due diligence, FTO, infringement, and patentability; and prepares and negotiates IP licenses. From a technology standpoint, Travis’s practice falls largely within the life sciences field and also includes a large focus on novel plant varieties in the agriculture, horticulture, and cannabis/hemp industries. Travis has been a lawyer member of CIOPORA since 2014.

Ernst-Jan Louwers

Ernst-Jan Louwers

Co-founding Partner at Louwers IP | Technology Advocaten, the Netherlands

With a track record of over 35 years as a Dutch lawyer, Ernst-Jan has a vast experience as a specialized IP, technology and contract lawyer and litigator. After 20 years in a large law firm, he started the IP and technology boutique firm Louwers IP|Technology Advocaten in 2006. His practice covers IP and commercial aspects of plant breeding, distribution, commercialization, and enforcement. This includes drafting of licensing contracts, (strategic) advice, compliance, arbitration, and litigation. He is a lawyer member to CIOPORA and the CIOPORA Working Group on Enforcement. Among others he is member to the Dutch plant breeders association Plantum as well as several national and international associations on IP and enforcement. Ernst-Jan is also a listed arbitrator at the Netherlands Arbitration Institute (NAI).


The CIOPORA Acadamy maintains the reduced webinar rates in 2021!

We at the CIOPORA Academy are committed to providing continued education opportunities to the green sector. In view of the operational and financial constraints businesses and individuals around the globe are facing currently, we have reduced our webinar rates from EUR 149,00 to EUR 99,00 (Member) and EUR 299,00 to EUR 199,00 (Guest). Additional 15% savings are provided in the Webinar Package.

Join the Webinar 1 in the CIOPORA Academy Webinar Series 1/2021 by opting for our flexible single webinar registration at the following CIOPORA Member/Guest rates:

  • CIOPORA Member: EUR 99,00
  • Guest: EUR 199,00

Click on the “Webinar ticket” button below to register quickly and securely online.

By registering you are agreeing to our Terms & Conditions (Sept 2020).

Save 15% and join all three webinars in the CIOPORA Academy Webinar Series 1/2021, including:

  • March 18  – How to prevent exhaustion of PVRs on plants and harvested material?
  • March 25 – Webinar 2: Incentivizing Innovation: Employee Remuneration, Reward Schemes and Ownership across Jurisdictions. Learn more
  • April 1 – Webinar 3: R&D agreements and classic disputes resulting therefrom. Learn more.

Webinar savings package:

  • CIOPORA Member: 249,00 EUR
  • Guest: 499,00 EUR

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By registering you are agreeing to our Terms & Conditions (Sept 2020).

Webinar user manual

For your convenience, we have compiled a Webinar User Manual to help you prepare for the webinar participation.

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Please download and read this document carefully prior to participation in the webinar.

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About the WEbinar program

In November 2019, the CIOPORA Academy education program on IP for plants was expanded with the distance learning offerings in form of Webinars. Each webinar is conducted in two sessions to cover all time zones, enabling participation from all locations worldwide.

All CIOPORA Academy Webinars are broadcasted live in Livestorm, an online webinar platform, which allows participation for registered persons via internet browser with no prior installation. Please see our User Manual for more information on the technical requirements.

Contact us

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to:
Katrin Huhnholz, the CIOPORA Academy Program Manager